Our partnerships with mental health charities
We’re working with mental health charities to make a difference to the lives of people across the country.
Since 2014, we’ve built a powerful partnership with the national charity Mind. The collaboration is working in a variety of ways to encourage people to get active to improve their mental health.
Get Set to Go
We’ve invested £3m of National Lottery funding into Mind’s Get Set to Go programme.Read more
Lack of confidence, anxiety and fatigue are just some of the barriers that prevent people living with mental health problems from getting active.
The programme is helping people that live with mental health problems to overcome the barriers they face when getting active.
More than 3,500 people with mental health problems have taken part in specially designed physical activity projects across 18 places in England.
The aim is to provide quality experiences to those wanting to get active. Friendly faces that know what it’s like to live with mental health problems have played a key part in developing the programme – and their encouragement is vital in helping people make that crucial jump from curiosity to activity.
Mind’s evaluation worked with over 1,000 local and digital participants to track their progress, making this the largest ever study of its kind.
Findings show that physical activity has an important role to play in building resilience, enabling and supporting mental health recovery and tackling stigma and discrimination.
Elefriends is an online peer support platform, which is a free and supportive space where individuals can link up with others, sharing tips, ideas and encouragement on how to get active. The site also hosts films and other content that is designed to support someone to be more active.
Mind has created a number of guides and training resources for the physical activity and mental health sectors to support them to help those with a mental health condition be more physically active.
Rethink Mental Illness
The Richmond Group of Charities
We’ve invested £300,000 of National Lottery funding to support Rethink Mental Illness through our work with the Richmond Group of Charities.Read more
Rethink support people with more severe mental health problems, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, through their network of peer support groups.
Recognising the many benefits that being active can have on both physical and mental health, Rethink is working on a three-year project to explore how physical activity can be successfully embedded into its peer support groups.
A toolkit has been developed to support the volunteer group co-ordinators, providing them with the resources and confidence to introduce activity into their sessions.
You can download the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation on the Sport and Recreation Alliance's website.
For more information on the link between physical activity and mental health, or for advice about looking after your own mental health, click here.
And if you’re interested in learning more about our current mental health work streams, please email us.